Tuesday, July 8, 2008

TUESDAY-8 JULY 2008- DURESS WORTH IT, SAYS TAWAU PARLIAMENTARIAN


Duress worth it, says Tawau parliamentarian


KOTA KINABALU:

Whatever duress that she has gone through following the announcement of the proposed motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister was worth it, said Tawau Member of Parliament D├átuk Dr Chua Soon Bui. Chua, who is also the Vice-President of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), told Party kleaders, members and supporters at a briefing session at SAPP HQ in Bornion Centre, Luyang here on Sunday that this was because she believed at the end of the day the people of Sabah would appreciate her and her Party for what they have done for the State and its people. She stressed that she felt a need to bring about change for the State and the people. “We in SAPP are absolutely clear about our actions, that we have an important mission for the people of Sabah. And I want to make sure that there is always food on the table for every family in my constituency,” she said. Chua reckoned that she was under duress after receiving threatening messages via short-messaging service (SMS). She nonetheless was very appreciative and touched by the support and words of encouragement that poured in from Party collleagues, friends, and supporters. “With your support, I shall be strong enough to face the challenges ahead; I won’t be crying,” she quipped. Meanwhile, Sepangar MP Datuk Eric Majimbun, who also spoke at the event, emphatically stressed that what SAPP did was for the State and its people. He said the Prime Minister failed to resolve various pressing and perennial issues affecting Sabah and its people, including illegal immigrants and dubious identity cards. He said even his family’s name had been used by an immigrant going by the name of Jerom Majimbun. “There are only four Majimbuns (families) in Sabah; one in Kudat, one in Tenom, another in Kepayan and myself in Inanam. But even that, my family’s name had been stolen by foreign immigrant,” said he said. Eric expressed regret that the relevant authorities failed to respond to his complaint after he had lodged an official complaint last November. Only until June this year that he received a reply from the National Registration Department (NRD) confirming that the identity contained in the MyKad provided by him, which was used by the culprit, was a fake one. However, he said he was not satisfied with such an answer as the authority concerned failed to explain how this could have happened in the first place. He believed the number of immigrants in possession of dubious Malaysian identity documents in the State could be staggering.

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